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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jan 25, 2007 10:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: to Tell or not

SDH - I suspect you and I have a rather similar outlook on life. Parental exploits aside (and my very sincere, if belated, congratulations to your father on completing his masters, I recognise a lot of myself in what you say. The Lord of the Rings swept me up early on too and I also tend to move effortlessly from one genre to another, going from PG Wodehouse to Stephen King to Umberto Eco to whatever catches my eye today. The first thing I think when I finish a good book is 'Wow - that was wonderful. Now what can I read next?'

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Jan 25, 2007 10:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: to Tell or not

I always know its good when I get depressed when I finish one. Good ones always leave me wanting more.

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Poster: acetboy Date: Jan 25, 2007 10:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: to Tell or not

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This post was modified by acetboy on 2008-05-30 01:57:20

This post was modified by Diana Hamilton on 2007-01-25 18:29:45

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Jan 25, 2007 10:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: to Tell or not

I think that's why I love books in a series, if it's really good I know that as soon as I finish one, I can move right on to the next. It does make is suck a little more when you've gone through the last one though.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 25, 2007 11:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: to Tell or not

Been away for a few hrs but had to chime in; I am very much more of a 'historical' (non fiction) reader, and am always amazed at the fact that straight up, well written historical accounts of significant events (Troy; Marathon; Carthage; 1066; 1492; Trafalgar; etc., etc., etc.) can leave you just as moved and just as depressed (in a 'good' way).

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Jan 25, 2007 11:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: to Tell or not

That's why I love both. And when you've got a fictional story that takes place in the midst of factual historical events, even better. The Aubrey-Martin series of novels by Patrick O'Brian are excellent examples of this (where the film Master & Commander came from).

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jan 25, 2007 12:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: to Tell or not

So what's by your bedside at the moment? I'm reading Redemption Song (The Joe Strummer biography) - and Umberto Eco's The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana. I seldom have just one book on the go at any time.

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Jan 25, 2007 12:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: to Tell or not

You'll love this. I'm reading Marine Sniper: The Carlos Hathcock Story. Biography of one of the Marines most decorated snipers from Vietnam. Yup, I've got a soft spot for military literature. Maybe not Milton, but its a hell of a good story. Also going is The Last Templar. The story itself is kind of hokey (very derivative of DaVinci Code), but I've always been fascinated by the historical Knights Templar story. Stuff that good can't be made up.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jan 25, 2007 12:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: to Tell or not

Did you ever read Chuck Yeager's autobiography? Damned if I can recall what it was called but it's one hell of a yarn. Ace fighter pilot in WW2, escaping on foot across occupied Europe, dogfighting the first jet fighter - oh yeah and breaking the sound barrier for the first time.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 25, 2007 6:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: to Tell or not

He shot down five German planes on a single mission.

"It's the man, not the machine," he always said...